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  • Pope Francis: ‘The World is at War, But it is Not a War of Religions’

    07/27/2016 7:29:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/27/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight to Poland for World Youth DayPope Francis says the world is at war, but has stressed that it’s not a war of religions. Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland, where he began a five-day visit for World Youth Day. Asked about the slaying of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday, Francis replied: “the real word is war…yes, it’s war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the church.” He added: “I only want...
  • Pope Francis Faces Tepid Welcome in Migrant-Wary Poland

    07/26/2016 9:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/26/16 | Maja Czarnecka
    Warsaw (AFP) - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope". Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country as he arrives Wednesday for his first visit, part of the week-long World Youth Day faith extravaganza. While Poland shunned refugees over alleged security risks amid Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, Francis encouraged open doors and charity for...
  • Pro-abort VP candidate Tim Kaine Gets Standing O at Mass, Bishop Mum on Denying Communion

    07/26/2016 8:58:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/26/16 | Claire Chretien
    RICHMOND, Virginia, July 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination. Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied Communion in accord with the Church’s laws, his bishop in the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement saying that Catholics have a duty to determine their own worthiness “through an upright and informed conscience.” Kaine and his wife were “like every other married couple going to church on a Sunday morning — if every other couple were met by...
  • Catholic Priest to Tim Kaine: ‘Don’t Show Up in My Communion Line’

    07/26/2016 8:54:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and not show up in his Communion line. “I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,...
  • Pope Scraps Official Discourse to Polish Bishops in Favour of Private Meeting

    07/25/2016 10:52:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/25/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has decided to scrap a previously scheduled official discourse to Polish bishops on the first day of his apostolic journey to Poland, in favour of a private encounter with them during which the Pope and the bishops will be able to listen to each other and converse in total freedom. Speaking to Vatican Radio, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explained that the Pope wants the occasion to be as spontaneous and authentic as possible: a moment in which the bishops and the Pope will be at ease and free to...
  • Vatican Newspaper Publishes [Another] Defense of Amoris Laetitia

    07/25/2016 9:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    L’Osservatore Romano has published a defense of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia by Rodrigo Guerra López, a philosopher at the Center for Advanced Social Research in Queretaro, Mexico. Stating that “it is not strange to find resistance when Christian thought takes a new step forward,” López writes that the controversy over Amoris Laetitia recalls earlier controversies over whether the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on religious liberty was faithful to the teaching of Leo XIII and whether St. John Paul II’s use of phenomenology was in accord with the Church’s philosophical tradition. “Amoris laetitia is a true act of pontifical...
  • Springtime’s Over, Ladies: Francis’ Plans for the “New Conservative” Religious Orders [Cath Caucus]

    07/24/2016 4:08:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 7-23-16 | Hillary White
    The pope has issued “new guidelines” for contemplative nuns, and it has set off every one of my alarms, long, loud and terrifying as an air raid siren. It is possibly one of the most sinister things I've seen coming from Bergoglio thus far, but I think few people will understand how serious it is or could be. Hardly anyone gives a moment’s thought to cloistered nuns. Once they’re inside, the world forgets about them. But contemplative religious life is like the mitochondria of the Church. The power source of the cell that makes all the other systems function. The...
  • A light from the East grows in Massachusetts

    07/24/2016 4:56:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 24, 2016 | John Burger
    L to R:Bishop Gregory Mansour, Mother Marla Marie, Bechara Cardinal Rai, and 2 member of the community Marla Lucas had just graduated from college and was ready to embark on a career in journalism. But, as often happens, someone came along whose deeply magnetic personality led her to change her plans.“Jesus made it clear to me that my life was meant to be offered as a consecrated religious to serve his people,” she said. “I was captivated by His love and drawn deeply to let go, leave all things and to follow him.”After a year of discernment, Lucas entered a...
  • Signers of Document Critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' Revealed

    07/23/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/22/16 | Joshua McElwee
    An until now unpublished list of names attached to a critique of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life shows the signatories to include professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan. The signatories had sent a letter to the world's Catholic cardinals asking them to "respond to the dangers to Catholic faith and morals" from Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") The letter, which attracted press coverage earlier in the month as a possible sign of wider disagreement with Amoris Laetitia, was sent to Italian Cardinal...
  • The solution to racial war (The Cross and the Switchblade movie)

    07/23/2016 5:39:35 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies ^ | 7-23-2016 | daniel1212
    The solution to racial war. All lives matter, but the problem is sin, not skin (though aspects of cultural can be sinful). The Cross and the Switchblade movie (1969, copyright Dick Ross and associates, and which can be seen here) is about the true story which is told in the book, the Cross and the Switchblade written in 1962. The movie (which mostly used local talent) stars Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz, the teen gang member whose life was dramatically transformed by Christ. Nicky was the leader of the notorious Brooklyn Puerto Rican gang...
  • [Archbishop] Nienstedt Denies Misconduct, Said He Was Targeted for Opposing Gay Marriage

    07/22/2016 4:37:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Twin ^ | 7/21/16 | Marino Eccher
    John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response to his opposition to gay marriage. Nienstedt’s denial came in a statement Wednesday night, first issued to KSTP and Minnesota Public Radio. That followed the release of internal church documents alleging the Vatican had sought to derail an independent investigation that turned up credible evidence against him. Nienstedt resigned last year as archbishop and returned to his home state of Michigan. He was briefly involved with a diocese there but left...
  • Pope Issues Rules to Help Contemplative Women be Beacons for the World

    07/22/2016 7:15:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/22/16 | Carol Glatz
    Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new documentIn an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the Church and the world, Pope Francis has issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy. The new rulings include a mandate that “initially, all monasteries are to be part of a federation” based on “an affinity of spirit and traditions” with the aim of facilitating formation and meeting needs through sharing assets and exchanging members. Monasteries voting for an exception from...
  • Bishop Paprocki: Abp Chaput is Right to Deny Communion to ‘Remarried’ Catholics

    07/19/2016 10:11:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/18/16 | Claire Chretien
    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop simultaneously skewered those celebrating supposed changes in Church doctrine and defended a fellow bishop who instructed Catholics in his diocese to follow the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. Responding to a “misleading” Associated Press article that ran in Illinois' State Journal-Register, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, wrote in the same newspaper that the guidelines Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued on proper disposition to receive Holy Communion “are certainly correct” because they uphold Biblical teaching. The AP article pitted Chaput’s actions against Pope Francis. The article said Chaput "is...
  • Archbishop Gänswein Says Loyalty to Pope Benedict Makes Him Unwelcome in Germany

    07/19/2016 10:05:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    In an interview with Schwäbischen Zeitung, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said that his work as the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his previous work for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are a “mark of Cain” in the eyes of much of the Church in Germany—a mark that makes it unlikely he would return to his native land as a diocesan bishop. In response to a question about whether he might one day lead a German diocese, the prelate, who also serves as Prefect of the Papal Household, said that the cathedral chapter plays a role...
  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
    Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points”Recently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianity’s long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurred—that is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATION—God creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...
  • Brandmüller: “The Resignation of the Pope Is Possible, But May It Never Happen Again”

    07/18/2016 11:23:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/18/16 | Sandro Magister
    The German cardinal, an authoritative historian of Christianity, weighs in on the ever more incandescent question of the resignation of Benedict XVI. Which in his judgment has not been good for the Church ROME, July 18, 2016 – The dispute, ever more fiery, over the absolute innovation of “two popes” in being at the same time, one reigning and one “emeritus,” the former “active” and the latter “contemplative,” now has a new contender of absolute prominence, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, who has taken the field with an article in the authoritative online juridical journal “": "Renuntiatio Papae". Alcune riflessioni storico-canonisticheBrandmüller, 87,...
  • Gay Christians to Join Catholic World Youth Day in Poland

    07/18/2016 11:10:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Gay and transgender Christians will set up a ministry during World Youth Day, when Pope Francis is expected to meet hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in southern Poland later this month. Leaders of the Warsaw-based "Faith and Rainbow" LGBT organisation say they want to minister to the thousands of gay, lesbian and transgender people attending the event by setting up a "LGBT Pilgrim's Haven". "We want to create a space in which they will feel safe and where they will find answers to issues facing them," organiser Misza Czerniak told the Monday edition of Poland's Rzeczpospolita broadsheet daily. Organisers...
  • Archbishop Cupich — Newest US Church ‘Kingmaker’ [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2016 6:36:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 15, 2016 | MATTHEW BUNSON
    That influence is why Pope Francis’ July 7 appointment of Archbishop Blase Cupich — archbishop of Chicago since November 2014 — should not be underestimated. While not without his critics, he remains the most prominent episcopal pick for the Church in the United States made so far by Pope Francis. Archbishop Cupich joins Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington as one of only two Americans currently with the congregation. The Chicago archbishop essentially is replacing Cardinal William Levada, who recently turned 80 and resigned all cardinalatial duties. At 67, Archbishop Cupich will presumably be a member for at least the next...
  • Houston, We Have a Problem

    07/16/2016 11:04:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 7/16/16 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    When Amoris Laetitia was first published, I knew immediately that a big problem was facing the Church. Reading Chapter 8 confirmed my judgment that the present pope has a serious problem with the Church’s teaching on moral absolutes, as so brilliantly presented in St. JPII’s Veritatis Splendor. In fact, I began to wonder whether one of the primary goals of the quickly summoned Synod on the Family, was precisely to overcome or correct the pastoral implications of the teaching on moral absolutes, and in particular the teaching on birth control and the pastoral problems that resulted from Humanae Vitae and...
  • Misusing St. JPII to Alter Doctrine

    07/16/2016 10:47:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 7/16/16 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Jesuit review La Civiltŕ Cattolica recently published a “Conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schśnborn about Amoris Laetitia.” The Cardinal answered various pointed questions in terms that reveal a troubling effort to justify the well-known ambiguities and possible errors in AL by appealing to St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio. And he even claims, “now we must read the previous statements of the magisterium about the family in the light of the contribution made by AL.” Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. asked this question: “After this Exhortation, therefore, it is no longer meaningful to ask whether, in general, all divorced...
  • German Bishops Release New figures: Fewer Churchgoers, Parishes, and Priests

    07/16/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    EWTN ^ | 7/16/17 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany. However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted". With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, comprising 29 percent of the population. Yet people are leaving the Church in droves: in 2015, a total of 181,925 people departed. By comparison, 2,685 people became Catholic, and 6,474 reverted to Catholicism. Whilst...
  • 7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law (Russia)

    07/16/2016 8:28:23 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 07/08/2016 | Jessilyn Justice
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country's many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of "mass unrest," according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes. Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails: Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a "work permit" from Russian authorities If a friend or...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Pan-Orthodox Status of Crete Council

    07/15/2016 6:52:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/15/16
    Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The Council which took place in Crete on June 20-25 cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in Moscow on Friday. "The Holy Synod determined that the Council, which took place in Crete, cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, and the documents it approved as expressing a pan-Orthodox consensus," said the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda, commenting on the results of a Synod meeting. The meeting attendees acknowledged that the Council, which was attended by abbots and hierarchs from ten out...
  • Do YOU "fear" Evil?

    07/14/2016 7:28:27 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 7 replies
    Embrace the Cross ^ | July 14 | Chip Brogden
    Fear No Evil “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15 ESV This prayer of Jesus is answered when we embrace the Cross... Why? The Cross renders us dead to the world so that we can bring Life to others who are in the world and not worry that we may become contaminated or polluted by the things we encounter. Jesus was not afraid of being around sinners. He affected them for good, and they were powerless to affect Him for evil. This same Jesus...
  • Chinese Publisher Has Printed 150M Bibles

    07/13/2016 7:05:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The world’s largest Bible publisher-- located in Jiangsu, China-- has printed 150 million Bibles since its founding in 1988, according to the Vatican newspaper and the Beijing-based China Christian Daily. The Amity Printing Company’s Bibles are printed in 90 languages and are sold in 70 countries. In twenty-eight years 150 million Bibles (L’Osservatore Romano, p. 9)150 Million Bibles to Be Printed in China (China Christian Daily)
  • First Russian Orthodox Monastery Could be Opened in US Capital

    07/12/2016 10:24:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies ^ | 7/11/16
    The first Russian Orthodox monastery could be opened in the US capital of Washington D.C. or in its vicinity, Metropolitan Jonah, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) told. “In the area, not necessarily in D.C… It will be Russian tradition, of course, you know, the services will also be in English, as well as in [Church] Slavonic....[The monastery] has a very specific outreach [program] to educate people about Orthodoxy and Russian culture and Russian spiritual culture,” Metropolitan Jonah said, answering a question about his plans to establish a monastery in Washington D.C. The monastery would be...
  • Strategic Spiritual Warfare

    07/11/2016 2:38:57 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 10 replies
    Infinant Supply ^ | July 11, 2016 | Chip Brogden
    July 11 Strategic Spiritual Warfare “Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:57 Everyone has their own way of waging warfare. Some emphasize intercessory prayer, and believe the secret is in getting hundreds of people praying for the same thing. Others lean towards praise and worship. Some stress binding and loosing. Others believe the key is in locating and naming certain spirits which supposedly control different parts of the world. Still others think there must be some prophetic act to be performed or declaration to be made. Here is the problem...
  • Wuerl Says Only 'Very Few' Are Unhappy With Pope Francis

    07/11/2016 9:04:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/10/16 | Mark Zimmermann
    In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says most people seem enthused by Pope Francis, warns against "secular hegemony" and "silence" on anti-Christian persecution, and says priests are grateful for the pope's approach on the family.Despite an undercurrent of criticism of Pope Francis in some sectors of social media, the blogosphere, cable TV talk shows, and so on, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he’s experienced tremendous enthusiasm for the pontiff, and that those “threatened” and “unhappy” are “very few.” Marking his tenth anniversary as the Archbishop of Washington, Wuerl...
  • United Reformed Church Approves Gay Marriage Services [UK]

    07/11/2016 8:59:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/9/16 | Callum May
    The United Reformed Church has voted overwhelmingly to allow same-sex couples to marry in its buildings. Members of the URC's ruling general assembly voted in favour at a meeting in Merseyside, although individual churches will not be forced to comply. The URC becomes the largest Christian organisation in Britain to offer same-sex weddings in its churches. The Church, which has about 60,000 members, is a Protestant Church with roots in Presbyterianism. The assembly, meeting in Southport, voted to allow individual congregations to register churches as venues for same-sex marriage services immediately if they wish. Church officials think the first weddings...
  • World's oldest priest says strict routine basis of long life

    07/10/2016 11:50:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2016
    ather Jacques Clemens attends a mass at St. Benoit church in Nalinnes, Belgium, July 10, 2016. NALINNES, Belgium A strict daily routine is the recipe for a long life, according to the world's oldest priest, Belgian Jacques Clemens, who will celebrate his 107th birthday on Monday.Clemens, who has also celebrated his 80th anniversary as a Catholic priest, gets up every morning at 5.30 a.m. and goes to bed at 9.00 p.m. When Clemens was about to retire at 75, his bishop asked him to remain in service until they found a successor - he only stopped holding regular church services...
  • [Church of England] Synod Faces Conservative Boycott Over Gay Marriage Talks

    07/10/2016 5:57:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8 July 2016 | Harry Farley
    The Church of England's governing body may face a conservative rebellion over its discussions on gay marriage. Despite pleas from senior bishops, a number of conservative Anglicans are considering boycotting the Church's private conversations over sexuality, designed to prevent a fracture over gay marriage. A deep fissure exists within the Church over whether or not to accomodate gay relationships in some way. A memo sent round to some members of the Church's governing synod listed "reasons not to participate" in conversations, which aim to reconcile opposing factions. The note, seen by Christian Today, offers a damning assessment of the secret...
  • Orthodox See Council as Antidote to 'Heresies and Ruses of Reason'

    07/10/2016 5:46:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/9/16 | Filipe Domingues
    Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the "Holy and Great Council" in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy.From June 19-26, leaders of ten of the fourteen “autocephalous,” or independent, Eastern Orthodox churches of the world met together on the island of Crete, marking the first time such a representative summit of Orthodox churches had assembled in a millennium. Originally the idea was for the “Holy...
  • Bishop [Tobin]: Amoris Laetitia’s 'Intentional Ambiguity' Means People Will Do 'Whatever They Want’

    07/09/2016 12:01:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/8/16 | Claire Chretien
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, July 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s become clear that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia is “marked by ambiguity,” and that seemed to be the Holy Father’s intention, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin wrote on Thursday. In a Facebook post, the Providence, Rhode Island bishop wrote that the document allows for a wide range of interpretations and that is why so many prelates and commentators have different takes on it. He wrote: Upon reflection, it’s become pretty clear that Pope Francis’ document on marriage and the family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is marked by ambiguity, and that’s intentional on the Holy...
  • Street Preachers Arrested in UK in Front of Cheering Crowd: Video

    07/09/2016 11:45:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    BRISTOL, UK — Among cheering crowds, four street preachers were arrested in the UK on Wednesday for causing a “disturbance” while exhorting men to “obey God and keep His commands.” The incident occurred as local resident Mike Overd was open air preaching outside of the Bristol shopping center, while others engaged passersby in conversation and/or held gospel signs. Some of those joining Overd in the evangelism effort included American citizens visiting the country to share the gospel. “The purpose of mankind is to worship God and enjoy Him,” Overd preached, according to recorded footage of their arrest. “You need to...
  • Saint Bridget of Sweden -- Prophetess of Europe of the Middle Ages

    07/09/2016 12:26:49 AM PDT · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 6 replies
    Introduction : Saint Bridget, daughter of Birgir -- Royal Blood Prince of Sweden was born about the year 1302 of highly pious parents. Having lost her virtuous mother soon after birth, little Bridget was raised by one of her highly virtuous aunts. She could not speak before the age of 3, but as soon as she spoke, she began praising God. In early childhood, serious discourses on Religion pleased her and grace powerfully filled her heart so that only pious readings attracted her. At the age of 10, she was particularly touched by a sermon she heard on the Passion...
  • [Philadelphia] Mayor Kenney: Archbishop Chaput's Actions 'Are Not Christian'

    07/07/2016 12:43:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Philly Voice ^ | 6/7/16 | AP
    Chaput issues pastoral guidelines saying divorced and gay Catholics must avoid sexJim Kenney did not mince words when a Twitter follower asked the Philadelphia mayor his thoughts on a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other church leaders issued by Archdiocese of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. The guidelines say divorced and remarried parishioners should abstain from sex and live "like brother and sister" if they want to receive Holy Communion and haven't had their previous marriage annulled. The guidelines say gay Catholics should abstain from sex, too. Keeping his response within Twitter's 140-character limit, Kenney said Chaput's directives...
  • Pope to Poor: Pray for the Conversion of the Rich

    07/07/2016 5:53:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/7/16 | Mauro Pianta
    Today Francis received a group of poor and homeless people from the Lyon region of France who are taking part in a pilgrimage led by Cardinal BarbarinPray for the rich, the wise and the hypocrites. Pray that “the Lord may bring about a conversion in their hearts”. In fact, go even further: “give them a smile from the heart, wish them all the best and ask Jesus for their conversion”. This was the “favour” Pope Francis asked a group of poor pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, headed by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. The group was received today in the...
  • “Amoris Laetitia.” Basic Tips For Not Losing the Way

    07/07/2016 5:40:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    They are formulated by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, who however asks also for “further guidelines on the part of the competent authority.” To prevent “risks and abuses both among pastors and among the faithful”ROME, July 6, 2016 – For a few weeks a text has been circulating without making a stir, written by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli in commentary on the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”Cardinal Antonelli, 79, is an authority on the subject. He was for five years the president of the pontifical council for the family, and he has also accumulated substantial pastoral experience. He was archbishop first in Perugia...
  • Chaput Says for Communion, Divorced/Remarried Must Live Chastely

    07/06/2016 9:36:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/5/16
    According to a new set of pastoral guidelines for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia governing implementation of Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, people living together outside of marriage, and same-sex couples are eligible for Communion only if they "refrain from sexual intimacy."Conceding that it may come off as a “hard teaching,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has decreed that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics in the archdiocese may receive Communion only if they refrain from sex, and that they cannot hold positions of responsibility in a parish or perform liturgical functions. That latter prohibition, according to a...
  • The Mercy Impostor [Catholic Caucus]

    07/05/2016 3:28:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 4, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    Has Francis’ self-styled theology of mercy blinded him to the need for justice for the Church’s violent betrayal of children? Has mercy replaced justice in the lexicon of papal rules necessary to protect children? Is clergy sex abuse too bothersome and unfashionable for the popular globalist media star fixated on global warming and income redistribution? Or, is he simply the mercy impostor, unwilling to address the crisis, similar to his years in Argentina? Francis’ mercy minions may be shocked, but in the opinion of abuse survivors, the Francis “peripheries” don’t include the victims of clerical sexual predators. Several speakers denounced...
  • On the Holy Rosary

    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Holy Rosary has a very special place in my "Spiritual Life". Recitation of the Holy Rosary has helped me to cope with the ups and downs of life. My Mother used to often tell me, that if you are troubled in any way ---- "Go to Jesus and Mary" by reciting the Holy Rosary. They will never let you down. When I recite the Holy Rosary, I often think of the unique and special relationship between Jesus Christ and Mother Mary during their life on earth. I have never stopped reciting the Holy...
  • He Escaped Vietnam on a Fishing Boat, and Now He's a Bishop

    07/04/2016 5:41:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/28/16 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Sydney, Australia, Jun 28, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land. Now, he has been installed as the fourth Catholic bishop of Australia’s Parramatta diocese. On June 16, Vietnamese native Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, O.F.M. Con. became the new shepherd of the Parramatta diocese. “I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that launched me literally onto the Pacific Ocean,” Bishop Nguyen said at his installation Mass at Parramatta’s...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Pulled Back From Blessing Marriages of Orthodox, Non-Orthodox Christians

    07/04/2016 5:24:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church did not achieve its original goal of unifying the discipline of the Sacrament of Marriage among the 14 Orthodox churches, according to a L’Osservatore Romano report. On June 23 and 24, participants discussed the council’s fifth document, “The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments”-- a topic first placed on the conciliar agenda in 1961. After discussing the Sacrament of Marriage, the final document stated that “a civil marriage between a man and a woman registered in accordance with the law lacks sacramental character since it is a simple legalized cohabitation...

    07/03/2016 6:08:57 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 11 replies
    In Touch Ministries PO Box 7900 Atlanta, GA 30357 ^ | Aired On 01 Jul 2016 | Charles Stanley
    Many Christians have found themselves outside of God’s will, trapped in sin, doubt, and defeat. It’s time for Christians to anchor themselves in the Word of God. Supporting Scripture: Numbers 32:23 Drifting is a slow process of change that occurs over time. We’re not usually aware of it until the change becomes great enough to notice. Then we suddenly wonder what has happened. Drifting can occur in a nation when it moves away from its foundational principles or in our individual lives if we do not pay close attention to what we have heard concerning the Word of God (Heb....
  • Card. Sarah: "Those Who Want to Eradicate Poverty Make Christ a Liar – They are Mistaken and Lying"

    07/02/2016 3:10:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/1/16 | Steve Jalesevac
    This is Part 2 of excerpts from Cardinal Sarah’s book God or Nothing. See Part 1, Cardinal Sarah: ambiguities on doctrine can lead to dangerous opinions

.July 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – This is my second article of excerpts from Cardinal Sarah's book because of the excellent teachings for our times that it contains. These are MUST READS as far as I am concerned and provide clear guidance at this time of confusion and distortions of truth.
 Poverty is a Christian valueClearly Cardinal Sarah’s comments here address the very misguided, heavily politicized and ideological efforts of many Catholic international aid agencies as...
  • Benedict XVI ‘Will Destroy a Diary He Kept During His Papacy’

    07/01/2016 9:41:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in SeptemberBenedict XVI kept a diary throughout his papacy but plans to destroy it, according to an Italian newspaper. The retired pope apparently admitted to the diary in a new book-length interview to be published in September. The historic book, called The Last Conversations, follows the format of previous book-length interviews Light of the World and Salt of the Earth and shares the same German author, Peter Seewald. The Corriere della Sera newspaper, which has acquired the rights to publish excerpts of the book in...
  • In Memoirs, ex Pope Benedict Says Vatican 'Gay Lobby' Tried to Wield Power -Report

    07/01/2016 9:16:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/16 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, July 1 (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called "The Last Conversations," is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. It is due to be published on Sept. 9. Citing health reasons, Benedict in 2103 became the first pope in six centuries to resign. He promised to remain "hidden to the world" and has been living...
  • Chinese Catholics puzzled by Bishop Ma's reversal, leery of Vatican stand

    06/30/2016 6:29:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 30, 2016
    Chinese Catholics continue to question the reversal of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who has indicated his support for the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, after serving four years of house arrest for publically renouncing his membership in the same group. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, has questioned whether Bishop Ma's reversal can be taken seriously. Other Chinese Church officials have said that he made his new statement under pressure. Father Gianni Criveller of the Pontifical Missions observes: "I believe that the question of whether Bishop Ma has written the article or not is misleading, because...
  • 3 saints who probably had learning disabilities (Catholic Caucus)

    06/29/2016 3:43:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 28, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    In her book, The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run, on the life of Fr. Stanley Rother, America’s first declared martyr, María Ruiz Scaperlanda details how poor scholarship, possibly stemming from a learning disability, almost derailed Rother’s ordination. Recently Aleteia featured a prayer for struggling students to Saint Joseph Cupertino, another famously weak theologian, and it got us thinking about how God uses the sublimely brilliant, like Aquinas and Augustine, as well as everyday folks who do not feel called to be scholars, for his divine purposes.For instance, look at these three saints who failed numerous academic examinations, but continue to...
  • Bishop Fellay: SSPX ‘Does Not Seek Primarily a Canonical Recognition’

    06/29/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society “does not seek primarily a canonical recognition.” “In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay. The prelate’s new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre....